I have finally finished up the Ruffled Chain bracelet from Beadwork’s February/ March 2011 issue. This bracelet shouldn’t have taken as long as it did. Remember I posted the earrings I made from the pattern back in June 25, 2014. I did start this when I got the supplies in July 2014. But I ended up having to redo the complete bracelet twice! The bracelet got put on hold for quite a while.
I absolutely can’t stand the clasp that was written into the pattern instructions. It was the reason I had to redo the bracelet twice. I started with the button and odd-count circular peyote stitch loop. My first button was a crystal rivoli button (which probably wasn’t the best choice). The thickness of the crystal rivoli button hampered the clasp. I just did it to make it around the circle but when I was finished the odd count loop was just too tight to make it around the rivoli because of the thickness. I had beads in the loop break and the clasp wasn’t very secure.
Second try didn’t seem to fair much better than the first. This time I tried a crystal 4 hole button (so it was flatter). I really didn’t want to hassle with trying to make another odd count circular peyote stitched loop, so I used a simple beaded loop (I probably went through the beads at least three times). That loop didn’t last long either, as I am putting the button through more beads crack and break.
So the project stayed shoved in a Clinique bag for at least a year, year and a half before I decided to redo it again. I think the real push was the teal t-shirts that I recently made. But this was going to be the last time I ever make this exact bracelet again. That means that the clasp had to be changed. In my beading stash, there was a large silver lobster claw clasp, so that was what I used. The other end is a simple loop for the lobster claw clasp to hook on.
If I had put more thought into the clasp change, a beaded toggle clasp would have really worked well here.
As for the Beadwork stats, they rated the project 2 beads (advance beginner/ intermediate) and uses circular peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, and picots. I think the rating is a little high; really the tricky part is getting a good tension on the circular peyote stitched circle for the ruffled links (I am not even considering the clasp in the review of difficulty).